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Chief Merchant Scott Brown at World Rummikub Championship

We had a great send off for our beloved Chief Merchant before he traveled to Italy to represent the U.S. in the World Rummikub Championship.  Below you will find Photos of the competition and Scott’s observations on this life changing Read More >

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A Personal Story About Literacy

Tomorrow is International Literacy Day and rather than give you statistics and facts, I thought I would get a little personal with the topic. The moment is deeply etched in my brain.  I was home for Christmas break one year Read More >

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The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination

Garth Sundem’s book The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination. Sounds like a list of To Do’s in order to exact nerdy revenge on every popular kid who was mean to us in school. However, it is actually a helpful tome Read More >

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Yo-Yo Triple Crown

Looking for something fun to do with the kids (or your inner kid) this weekend? Chicago is hosting the Triple Crown of YoYo this Saturday. The competition will run from 10 AM – 4 PM in Millennium Park. You can Read More >

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The Brain that Changes Itself

For centuries, it was thought that the brain was fixed and hard-wired much like a computer. If you look at any brain map, you can see that certain brain functions were prescribed to certain areas of the brain. Should there Read More >

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NATO 101

All eyes will be on Chicago this week as the NATO summit descends upon us. We thought we would give you a brief history lesson on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Formed in 1948, this alliance of 12 nations was Read More >

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Announcing the Game Design Contest Finalists!

After much deliberation and reviewing many great game ideas, our selection is now down to four! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a game into the 2012 Marbles Game Design Contest! Read More >

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Happy Belated National Grammar Day!

This past Sunday was National Grammar Day and we didn’t want it to pass completely unnoticed. If you threw a party to celebrate this day, you will probably find my blog a disappointment. As I am writing this blog I am extremely aware (even more than usual) that I do not want to make any grammar mistakes. Read More >

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Braindrops and Brain Cubes

Calling all Rubik’s Cube fans! Come one, come all for the very first Brain Cube – a game not of color-coordination but of sensory perception. This Cube will work your somatosensory system as you arrange the gyri (ridges) and sulci (grooves) toward a perfectly ridged brain. It may sound like a daunting task considering there are upwards of fourty-three quintillion arrangements of the tradition 3x3x3 cube but realize that you will be exposing your brain to new ways of recognizing patterns and tactile perception. Read More >

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The Importance of Improvisation!

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction is probably the most popular Marbles product that involves the wonderfully mentally stimulating act of creation. Within its pages building enthusiasts of all ages will find fun and fascinating medieval weapons such as crossbows, catapults and trebuchets that can be constructed with ordinary household supplies. However, the important cognitive experience that this book provides that can’t be found in a Nanoblocks box or a Lego set is the vital act of improvisation. Read More >

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